This outdoor cafe is a seasonal treat for those visiting Swanage, as it only pops up during the Summer. It’s situated along the private end of the beach, though anyone is allowed to walk down and take a seat. The menu offers a variety of fresh seafood and light bites, as well as a selection of drinks to wash it all down. The cafe has an adjoining shop where you can purchase beach equipment, which can be enjoyed on the beach in front of the cafe. The views are lovely, going from Bournemouth to your left, the Isle of Wight directly in front and Swanage itself to the right.
This restaurant is set slightly back from the road to the Studland ferry crossing, but this does not get in the way of the view across to Brownsea Island and the other smaller islands in the water, as well as the heathland at Studland. It’s primarily a seafood restaurant and offers a wide selection of seafood, as well as some other choices, such as steak and Gnocchi. The restaurant has brilliant reviews on TripAdvisor and is extremely easy to get to, so is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
A traditional countryside pub, The Scott Arms has possibly the best setting possible! It’s nestled in the Purbeck hills in Kingston, and has stunning views over to Corfe Castle. It’s an extremely historic pub, dating back to the 18th century, and is full of character. The food is standard fare for a pub, with all the usuals on offer, as well as regularly updated specials. They have a wide range of drinks available and are close to Corfe, Langton, Worth and Swanage.
The Bankes Arms is well known for it’s attractive views and welcoming atmosphere. It’s perfect for walkers as it’s situated a little walk from the main Swanage-Studland route, as well as being easily accessible by car or bus. The view is looking over the sea towards Poole and Bournemouth, as well as taking in the beach at Studland. Well behaved dogs are welcome, and the pub has an extensive menu of pub classics, as well as selections for vegetarians and vegans. They also have an in-house brewery, where they brew ales to add to their selection.
Confused by the heading? The Wessex Belle is set on a train which runs from Swanage and back again, taking in the beautiful surrounding countryside so it’s not set in one location! The menu is varied with a focus on fine dining and there is a smart dress code to reflect this. From the reviews on Trip Advisor, this only adds to the intrigue and feel of the occasion. The food has consistently good reviews, and is definitely worth a visit if you’ll be celebrating a special occasion. The trains and the station are run by volunteers, so it’s a great way to donate to keeping the historic station alive.